It Will End Like This

I could end it all. I could. No more pain, no more anger, no more lies.
I would pretend Mom was there, out in the garden. I could do it out there. End it all and everything would go back to normal. The garden would bloom again, the flowers growing strong and bright, and the feeling of love would return to our home.
Forget what sadness is. Forget the pain. Pretend none of this ever happened, so everything can go back to normal.
My sister would be happy again. And maybe, so would I.

It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh

It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh

It Will End Like This is a modern-day retelling of the Lizzie Borden murders. Maddi and Charlotte’s are teenage girls whose mother recently passed away, and almost immediately after her death they discover that their father was in one of many affairs over their lifetimes. They investigate, and start to collect evidence that their mother’s death may not have been a freak accident, as their father had claimed. Maddi is able to go to school and maintain a relatively normal outward appearance, but Charlotte’s mental health has declined dramatically since her mother’s death. If they cannot solve the mystery soon and prove it to the authorities, Charlotte’s security in their home might be at stake.

The pacing in this book was somewhat breakneck, but I feel like it worked here. The story flips back and forth between Charlotte’s perspective and Maddi’s perspective. It was sometimes a little hard to follow exactly who was telling the story at which moment, but I think that was partially intentional. The girls are both certainly responding differently to their family crisis, but it is ultimately happening to both of them, and I think this contrast between the two of them showed how they individually respond to the stresses they are under. There really wasn’t much downtime where the reader could get to know the setting and the characters. However, this is a story with a known ending, so I think pushing quickly through the action was the right move here. I was highly invested start to finish, but I was still able to keep a firm grasp on what was happening in the narrative.

I honestly feel like the character development was a little weak in this one. It’s hard to tell, because both Charlotte and Maddi are struggling with daily functions and are still grieving the loss of their mother. However, many of the people in their lives seem vaguely, incomprehensibly unhinged. This took away some of the realism that should have made this book relatable. I understand the author wanted us to be a little unsure about who was and was not a good support for the two girls, but instead, it felt like a struggle to even understand the characters’ motivations.

In all, I’ll give It Will End Like This a 7 out of 10. It’s a fairly entertaining book, especially for those interested in the Lizzie Borden story, and I think most readers who want a fast-paced thriller will enjoy it, but readers wanting well-developed characters and complex worldbuilding should probably pass on this one.

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